Closed Line Deciphered by USA
10 October, 2013
Closed Line Deciphered by USA
“Any link of this tape to Taliban ruled out”

The cyber attack case widely known to the public as Jihad Videos is solved. With the help of American colleagues, MIA found that the video containing threats against Georgian armed forces and Georgian President has been uploaded by the citizen of Kyrgyzstan Samar Chokutayev from a location in Apkhazeti. To cover up the trail, he used USB internet modems of Georgian GSM operators (Magti, Geocell, Mobitel), which he purchased in Zugdidi.
The Georgian law enforcers do not reveal the identity of those people, who helped Chokutayev get a hold of the internet modems in Georgia. Thanks to our sources, we learnt that they have been already interrogated by the investigation. The law enforcers remain silent on the two companies in Georgia, addresses of which were used for uploading of the video on the Internet.
Giorgi Kobiashvili, IT specialist: The video was uploaded from an Apkhazeti location using a Malaysian server. Routers of Georgian companies were protected but the administrator’s password was broken and the video was uploaded. These all served one purpose: to evaporate the trail of the delinquent. For me – an IT specialist – the interesting part of the scheme is that Chokutayev succeeded in re-programming a server in Malaysia to the point that he managed to utilize the closed (protected) line. Deciphering the closed line takes years and sometimes even eternity. Probably this is where the help of Americans was most needed and it was duly provided.
Lasha Pataraia, Director of Caucasian Academy of Security Experts, a member of US cyber security forum, information security risk management specialist: Linking the video to national security is much more important than technical details of the file uploading. This is not a technological crime. It’s a propaganda war of a foreign intelligence service. It is impossible that such motivation and no fear of impeding punishment occurred to Samar Chokutayev’s mind out of the blue and that it was completely unassisted by outside forces. Rather, it’s a typical example of special operation. Chokutayev is a citizen of Kyrgyzstan, a CIS member state. For all practical purposes, CIS member states are subordinated to Russian special services. The video upload took place on a Georgian territory that is beyond the State’s control but it’s firmly in the grips of the said Russian services.
Q: In other words, you suspect a foul play of Russian special services and see no hand of Taliban in this affair?
A: Any link of this video to Taliban is ruled out. Jihad is not announced by means of disseminating such short videos online. Those who proclaim jihad are not covering up their identities and are clearly associating themselves with particular movements or leaders. In our case, the video in question was supposed to exacerbate confrontations during the political power handover. And it did reach the goal of its authors.
Q: Do you think they were aware of the forthcoming terrorist act at the Georgian military base in Afghanistan? As we know, they uploaded the video on 4 June, just two days before the attack.
A: Yes, certainly they were tipped off by their intelligence sources. Maybe, there are more links to other things as well. We enquired with Nino Giorgobiani, Head of MIA Public Relations Service, about why the fact of the Jihad Video case solution has been kept away from the public for so long. Giorgobiani explained that interests of the investigation were paramount and that the ministry did not want to break the news until all the evidence had been collected. As of now, Tbilisi City Court took note of the evidence presented by MIA and sentenced Chokutayev to imprisonment in absentia.
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